Another Weekender!

It’s been a busy month for me; back to back weekends of mini-vacations!  Of course, I’m sure there are plenty of people who travel frequently for business and/or pleasure, but for me it’s a rare enough occurrence.  Last week I drove up north to visit my college town and see some friends; this weekend I flew up north again to visit different friends and family in the Bay Area.  Some people have begged me to move up north pointed out that I really ought to just go back to NorCal, since I have a lot of my close friends up there, but I’m a loyal SoCal girl.  But I won’t rule anything out, since who can tell the future?

I’ve been to San Francisco often enough that it’s not really a “destination” any more; I can go and not worry about trying to squeeze in as many touristy spots as I can in a weekend.  I’m just content being with people I care about and if I can see the Golden Gate Bridge at the same time, well then that’s awesome! The weather was absolutely beautiful this weekend; probably because Mother Nature knew I was visiting and decided to make the sun shine just for moi 🙂

Notable things from this weekend include going to the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building and coincidentally running into my old housemate of 2 years; talk about perfect timing!  I haven’t seen her in 2 years and it was really nice to reconnect and briefly catch up with her.  Visited with high school pals and some relatives, so I fulfilled my social interaction quota for the month (I kid, I kid!)  I also ate some a LOT of delicious food, all healthfully prepared (because SF is a pretty big foodie town) and spent a glorious afternoon with one of my best friends walking along the waterside from Pier 39 to Ft. Mason and thinking about taking a bike ride but ending up lying down at Ghirardelli Square and napping on the grass.

This is where I took my nap.

Where my head was pointed

Where my feet pointed

Try not to be too jealous 🙂  And of course, I brought some jewelry pieces to jazz up my outfits (remember I’m trying a little harder in the wardrobe department!)  I brought pieces that were simple enough to not overpower my otherwise casual day outfits, and fancy enough to wear out when I went out at night.

The silver bangles are from my aunt via Mexico, and the ring is lapis lazuli set in silver from my parents as one of my graduation presents via Sundance.

An Outfit To Stroll In

I know I promised pictures of cute outfits- but alas I ultimately was too embarrassed to ask my parents to take photos of me, and I couldn’t really find an opportune time to work out my camera’s self-timer option.  (One of the downsides of living with your parents- it’s really hard to put on a mini-photo shoot without being interrupted.)  Perhaps I shouldn’t be embarrassed to have my parents be my personal paparazzi, but since they work all week, the least I can do is not harass them and let them do what they will in their free time.  But, fear not, I can still use the power of language to describe what I wore- and I have some pictures!  Hooray!

Since the weather was so beautiful this weekend, my family and I went to stroll around the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (which has, among other things, a Gutenberg Bible-SO awesome) and in doing so, I put together a cute outfit worthy of a day out.  I wore a cream-colored silk blouse from China that was embroidered with- oh wait, I actually have a picture of this:

The bottom half of my outfit was less interesting- plain black skinny pants and brown loafers from Zara, my current favorite pair of shoes that go with everything!  Top it off with my Wayfarers and a gray shoulder purse that I absconded from my grandmother’s closet, and I was set for my afternoon stroll.

Oh, and I mustn’t forget jewelry!

This necklace is a gold ring that once belonged to my grandmother (not sure if she gifted it to me or if I just asked her for it haha) that bears our last initial.  I’m not a big fan of pinky rings, so I just put it on a simple chain and now it’s the one ring that rules all a lovely necklace.  If I’m feeling particularly nerdy, I can pretend that it’s a signet ring, meant for pressing into hot wax to seal my letters, but truthfully, there’s not much hot wax and parchment paper lying around my room.  It’s not big and bold or laden with precious stones, but I tend to go for simple pieces of jewelry, and anyways, I feel a bit self conscious when I bring out my fancy jewelry for everyday use.

I also like to have history behind my jewelry; traditional birthday jade given to me at my birth, a necklace my mother bought from Australia, a bracelet my dad picked out for my graduation.  Of course, I would definitely be remiss if I said I didn’t appreciate the pretty shiny things I see in the Tiffany’s window, or the mysterious allure of walking into a vintage jewelry shop and wondering about a ring’s previous owners.  But I really like to wear each piece and know that it was carried halfway across the world for me, or that this was worn by my grandmother when she was my age.

A question to leave you with: pearls or diamonds?  (A tough one, right?  And saying you like diamonds because they’re more expensive is a cheap answer- too obvious!)  Why am I asking you this?  Because I want to.  Plus, maybe it might give inspiration for a future post…